Despite building violations and harms, officials seek to steamroll controversial SF jail

Media Advisory – Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Press Contact:

Mohamed Shehk – 408.910.2618 – mohamed@criticalresistance.org

No New SF Jail Coalition

What:     Community members to mobilize at City Hall to oppose funding for new SF jail

Opponents to the controversial proposed jail project will be attending a Budget and Finance Subcommittee meeting, where committee members will vote on appropriating $24 million for the project. The vote would also authorize the Sheriff’s Department to apply for state funding from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) for the jail, despite the fact that the jail plan currently is in violation of state building codes.

 Who:      Organizations and community members with the No New SF Jail Coalition

The Coalition includes Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), SF Coalition on Homelessness, Critical Resistance – Oakland, SF Taxpayers for Public Safety, SF Tenants Union, and Californians United for a Responsible Budget.

When:    Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10am

Where:   SF City Hall, Room 250

Why:      Despite growing opposition to the proposed jail, city officials are trying to steamroll its approval process

The No New SF Jail Coalition has repeatedly argued that jail proponents are doing everything in their power to circumvent community input and accountability. Despite questions raised by the Coalition about violations to state building codes, environmental impacts, and displacement of affordable housing units, officials are attempting to push the jail plan through. The Coalition will be testifying tomorrow against the need for the proposed jail, arguing that the millions of dollars should be instead be invested in alternatives and community based resources.

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